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**CANCELLED** – Members Meeting 24th March

Hello all, as you will no doubt be aware the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is impacting every part of life at the moment.

Following this evenings UK Government advice on social distancing the Friends of Astley Park have decided to CANCEL next weeks Members Meeting that was due to be held next Tuesday, 24th March at Chorley Town Hall.

The committee will decide soon on if to curtail the voluntary work parties in the park, the next one due on Saturday 28th March, please check back over the next week to see if this too has been cancelled.

This will of course pass in time and we will return with our meetings and work parties but until then please stay safe.

This site will be updated with any information as and when things become clearer.

** CANCELLED ** Saturday 22nd February – Working Group

Hi everyone, unfortunately due to the heavy rainfall over that last few days it has been decided to CANCEL the working group for this coming Saturday, 22nd February.

Rest assured we will be back at it soon, the next scheduled work group is Saturday 14th March.

Hope to see you all then.

This month in the Sensory Garden

This month you can see the following in the Sensory Garden:-

In the Central Raised Bed there are some mauve early Species Crocus amongst the Ajuga plants. Crocus tommasinianus.

Crocus and Ajuga
Crocus and Ajuga

As you walk into the garden on your left  you will see an evergreen shrub commonly known as Sweet Box , which has small white highly scented flowers. This is Saracococca confusa.


In the centre of the top terrace you will see pink and white Hellebores, which are commonly known as the Lenten Rose.


Just as you pass the Mole statue you will see we have three Viburnum bodnantense “Charles Lamont”, which have clusters of pinky/white flowers and a lovely fragrance.

Viburnum bodnantense
Viburnum bodnantense


Saturday 8th February – Working Group

Hi everyone, just a reminder that we are due to doing some work in Astley Park this coming Saturday morning, the 8th February.

We are hoping to be doing the following throughout the park:-

  1. Working at the fountain (subject to it having drained sufficiently)
  2. Sapling cutting
  3. Litter picking.

You are welcome to come along and see what we get up to, learn how to become a member and how you can help the Friends of Astley Park.

Saturday 25th January – Working Group

Hi everyone, just a reminder that we are due to do some work in Astley Park this coming Saturday morning, the 25th January.

You are welcome to come along and see what we get up to, learn how to become a member and how you can help the Friends of Astley Park.

We meet at the Coach House near Astley Hall at 9.30am.


Also, don’t forget . . .

Our next members’ meeting is next Tuesday the 28th January, 6.30pm at Chorley Town Hall.


New 2020 dates for your diary

Hi everyone and happy new year.

We have finally updated our calendar of events for 2020.

Please CLICK HERE to take you to the page or see ‘Important Dates’ in the ‘About FoAP’ dropdown tab on the home page.

Just a quick reminder that we will be working in the park on Saturday morning, 25th January. Come say hello if you are out and about.

Finally, our first Members Meeting of the new year will be held at Chorley Town Hall on Tuesday, 28th January at 6.30pm. Please feel free to come along and see what we are all about.

Merry Christmas one and all

Well, 2019 went quickly didn’t it?

We have been busy all the way through the year helping keep Astley Park remain the beautiful open space that the people of Chorley love.

So as the year and the decade draw to a close and the Friends of Astley Park take a well deserved rest for a few weeks, as a group we would like to wish our members, our followers and everyone who uses the park a ‘Very Merry Christmas’ and a ‘Happy New Year’.

We will be back at it before you know it. Watch this space for dates of up and coming activities and meetings.

Until then, have a fantastic festive season and we will see you in 2020.

All the best – Friends of Astley Park

Remembrance in Astley Park

The service organised by Chorley Council at the parks war memorial on the Sunday nearest to the 11th November (this year it was the 10th) was very well attended by the people of Chorley.

Every year more and more people turn up to pay their respects. It is lovely to see families, the young, the old all mixing with servicemen, servicewomen and veterans. This years service was very touching.

On the actual 11th November, Remembrance Day the council arranged in the evening to have the Cenotaph and surrounding memorial illuminated. Even though it was a cold and windy night it had to be seen and it was fascinating and very atmospheric. We hope you like the pictures below.

Astley Park wins Award

Our wonderful park has won a prestigious award.

Britain in Bloom North West has awarded a gold medal to Astley Park in its Large Parks category along side Jean Stanfield Memorial Park in Poulton Le Fylde and Jubilee Park in Middleton.

The rest on the winners can be found by CLICKING HERE

Although not awarded directly to us we would like to think we played our part in making Astley Park what it is today.